WriterJang Min-seok, Im Chan-sang Release date5 May 2004 (2004-05-05) Music directorPeter Schindler, Park Ki-Heon, Lee Geun-hwa ScreenplayIm Chan-sang, Jang Min-seok CastSong Kang-Ho (Seong Han-Mo), Moon So-ri (Kim Min-Ja), Lee Jae-eung (Seong Nak-An), Ryu Seung-Su (Jin-gi), Oh Dal-su (Mr Ahn) Similar moviesMoon So-ri and Lee Jae-eung appear in The Presidents Barber and Bravo - My Life
The president s barber
A Korean presidents hairstylist (Kang-ho Song) and his family witness many years in their countrys turbulent history.
The Presidents Barber (Hangul: ; RR: Hyojadong Ibalsa) is a 2004 South Korean film directed by Im Chan-sang. It follows a barber, his wife, and their only son through four decades of tumultuous Korean history. Much as in Forrest Gump, we see important moments in South Korean history through the eyes of the titular barber, who is drafted to be the official barber of President Park Chung-hee. The role of the barber is played by Song Kang-ho and Moon So-ri plays his wife.
A well-meaning but politically naive barber gets pulled into the inner circle of the South Korean dictator Park Chung-Hee, with rather baleful consequences for his hapless family. This sharp political satire covers roughly twenty years in South Korean political history, from the viewpoint of the barber's son.
Seong Han-mo (Song Kang-ho) is a barber and owns a shop in the presidents neighborhood, the Blue House. Politically not very well-versed he always joins his acquaintances opinions and at first also isnt aware what consequences result from president Rhees resignation in 1960 after several student demonstrations. Rhee leaves a power vacuum that is soon filled by a military regime led by General Park Chung-hee (Jo Yeong-jin) who puts himself at the top of the government in 1963. Han-mo, however, has different concerns as his wife Min-ja (Moon So-ri) brings a son into this world of politically turbulent times. Fortunately, Han-mos barber shop is running well and he has no need to concern himself about how to feed his family anymore when KCIA-Chef Jang (Son Byung-ho) enters his shop and orders him to the president. From that day on simple-minded Han-mo is the presidents barber and at least for his neighbors one of the most important people in the country.